The right commitment to smile care calls for you to protect your gums. You may not realize just how important it is to defend yourself against gingivitis and more serious cases of gum disease. What can this problem cause you to experience? In time, it can lead to issues with tooth loss, and it can make you more likely to have complications that affect your general health as well as your dental well-being. Your Baxter, MN dental practice can offer support for your gums at your regular dental exams. With our regular teeth cleanings, we fight the buildup of plaque and tartar to stop bacteria from causing issues like dental decay and gum disease. When appropriate, we can also offer support when you have an active problem with gingivitis with a more advanced periodontal cleaning, scaling and root planing.

You May Need Help Managing A Problem With Gingivitis

When gingivitis starts to affect you, it can create several issues that you can observe. When you do notice these symptoms, you should take them seriously, as gingivitis will eventually progress to a more advanced stage of gum disease that you will need to manage. Gums that bleed easily, problems with swollen, discolored, or sensitive tissues, bad breath, and even tissue recession can occur. You can fight bacteria causing problems by thoroughly brushing and flossing each day, and by seeing your dentist for in-office support.

Removing Periodontal Bacteria Through In-Office Smile Care

During your scaling and root planing, we will tend to bacteria that are present on the roots of your teeth. The service will see us carefully clear away the microbes present on the roots of teeth under the gums. In addition to cleaning these surfaces, we can polish the tooth structure so that bacteria have a harder time gathering. This makes it less likely you will have future problems with infection.

Other Beneficial Preventive Services We Can Offer

Preventive dentistry is beneficial even when you do not have identifiable signs of poor oral health. After all, you are receiving a thorough update about the state of your smile, and you will enjoy a dental cleaning that takes care of plaque and tartar buildup. We can also meet with you and talk about any concerns you have that we can address; for example, you can discuss issues with snoring and possible signs of sleep apnea, as these are issues that we can treat!

Talk To Your Baxter, MN Dentist About Scaling And Root Planing

Through scaling and root planing, we are able to help patients who experience issues with gum disease. If you worry that an infection has formed and now threatens your oral health, please contact your Baxter, MN, dentist, Dr. Roberts, at (218) 454-0523.